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The Visitant

Format:  Paperback,

430 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Oct 2011

ISBN-13: 9780765330437

ISBN-10: 0765330431

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With their bestselling First North Americans series, the Gears have astounded an avid international audience of millions. Now these master storytellers turn to the American Southwest, to one of the most enigmatic people to ever inhabit this continent--the Anasazi. At its pinnacle in A.D. 1150, their empire was vast and sophisticated, unequalled until the arrival of the Europeans--and then they simply disappeared.

Dr. Maureen Cole, one of the world's foremost physical anthropologists, is called in to examine and evaluate a mass grave discovered in New Mexico. The burial site contains nothing but the shatttered skulls of women and children. As Dr. Cole works to unravel the mystery of these deaths, strange things begin to happen around her. The walls of her laboratory crumble, her generator quits, and she begins to hear whispering voices emanating from the plastic bags of bones....

Available for the first time in a trade paperback edition, "The Visitant" is the first book in the Anasazi Mysteries series, which marked the beginning of an exciting new direction for the Gears--one sure to appeal to the Gears's large and dedicated following as well as fans of Tony Hillerman's Native American mysteries.

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Oct 2011
ISBN-13: 9780765330437
ISBN-10: 0765330431
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 430
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.75
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.5 x 1.0

About the author

Biography of Gear, Kathleen O'Neal

Kathleen O'Neal Gear was born on October 29, 1954 in Tulare, California. She attended several colleges in California, including University of California at Los Angeles, and has held several positions in the fields of archeology and paleontology. She married W. Michael Gear in 1982, and they have collaborated on a series of books for young adults. The theme of these books is ancient civilizations, and the titles include People of the Wolf, People of the Fire, and People of the Sea.

In their first book, People of the Wolf, twin brothers are born of parents from rival tribes. They are raised in the tribe of one parent and must deal with the conflict of belonging. These books, along with those of author Jean Auel, helped to revitalize an interest in early civilizations. Gear has also written several books by herself. The titles in her Women of the West series are particularly noteworthy because they focus on the importance of women in the history of the Old West.

Biography of Gear, W. Michael

Gear is a Colorado native who received a Masters in Anthropology from Colorado State University in 1979. He has worked in several different fields that include racing motorcycles, operating a mining claim, engraving tombstones, teaching physical anthropology and driving a garbage truck. Gear's published works include mainstream, historical, western, and science fiction novels. He wrote "Morning River", which is set in the American West in 1825 and was nominated for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for "Dark Inheritance", which is about genetic manipulation in pygmy chimpanzees.

He has also written a North American Prehistory series, with his wife Kathleen O'Neal Gear, called the People novels. These novels span 15,000 years in the life of our continent and one, "People of the Lakes", was nominated for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (1999-08)

Things begin to get eerie as an archaeological team starts excavating an ancient civilization in the sweltering New Mexico heat of 1999. First, the team begins to uncover an alarming array of shattered Anasazi skulls alongside the usual shards of old pottery; soon mysterious, impossible things start happening around the dig. In this, the latest installment in the popular "First North American" series, the authors weave together two suspenseful, haunting stories.

Along the way, they ask meaningful questions about the relationship between science and religion, history and time, as the anthropologists grapple with their own beliefs and emotions. Readers will enjoy the wide range of characters and thick suspense. Highly recommended for all public libraries. Susan A. Zappia, Maricopa Cty. Lib. Dist., Phoenix

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

With their bestselling First North Americans series, the Gears have astounded an avid international audience of millions. Now these master storytellers turn to the American Southwest, to one of the most enigmatic people to ever inhabit this continent—the Anasazi. At its pinnacle in A.D. 1150, their empire was vast and sophisticated, unequalled until the arrival of the Europeans—and then they simply disappeared.

Dr. Maureen Cole, one of the world's foremost physical anthropologists, is called in to examine and evaluate a mass grave discovered in New Mexico. The burial site contains nothing but the shatttered skulls of women and children. As Dr. Cole works to unravel the mystery of these deaths, strange things begin to happen around her. The walls of her laboratory crumble, her generator quits, and she begins to hear whispering voices emanating from the plastic bags of bones....

Available for the first time in a trade paperback edition, The Visitant is the first book in the Anasazi Mysteries series, which marked the beginning of an exciting new direction for the Gears—one sure to appeal to the Gears’s large and dedicated following as well as fans of Tony Hillerman’s Native American mysteries.

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